Official English Name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Official Local Name(s): المملكة الأردنية الهاشمية
Common English Name: Jordan
Capital: Amman

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Official Language(s)

Arabic
Secondary Languages: English

Resources

Phosphates, Potash, Shale oil

Neighbors

Iraq (Northeast), Saudi Arabia (East and South), Israel (West), Syria (North)

Ethnic groups

Arab (98%), Circassian (1%), Armenian (1%)

People

Est. Population:

9,531,712

Demonym:

Jordanian

Religions:

Muslim (97.2%)
Christian (2.2%)
Buddhist (0.4%)
Hindu (0.1%)

Largest City:

Amman (1,349,260)

Other Cities:

az-Zarqa (502,900)
Irbid (313,800)
ar-Russayfah (289,800)
Al-Quwaysimah (176,400)
Wadi as-Sir (158,900)

Geography

Region:

Middle East

Bodies of Water:

Dead Sea (West)

Total Area:

89,342 km2 (99.4% land, 0.6% water)

Total Land:

1,635 km

Total Coastline:

26 km

Climate

Arid desert
Rainy season in the west

Terrain:

Desert plateau in the east
Highlands in the west separated by a valley

Highest Point

Jabal Umm ad Dami (1,854 m)

Lowest Point

Dead Sea (-408 m)

Natural Disasters

Droughts
Earthquakes

Government

Type:

Constitutional monarchy

Heads of State:

King Abdallah II

Head of Government:

Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz

Admin. Divisions

12 Governorates

Independence:

25 May 1946 (from the United Kingdom)

Nat'l Symbol:

Eagle

Nat'l Anthem:

As-salam al-malaki al-urdoni

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$10,900 (USD)

Currency

JD (Jordanian Dinar)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = JD (Jordanian Dinar)0.71

Communication

Internet Code

.jo

Telephone Code

+962

Episodes Mentioned In

Episode 88 - Jordan
Posted on Tuesday August 21, 2018

Cultural Notes

Hospitality is extremely important in Jordan as people will go out of their way to be hospitable to any guest.

Sources

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/jo.html (Majority of information)
http://census.dos.gov.jo/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/02/Census_results_2016.pdf (National population and city population data)
Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)
Information accurate to best of ability as of 9 November 2016